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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Carlsbad Unified School District is a top rated, public school district located in Carlsbad, CA. It has 11,428 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 66% of students are at least proficient in math and 74% in reading.

Carlsbad Unified School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
74%
Percent Proficient - Math
66%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1270
763 responses
Average ACT
28
363 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
11,428
Free or Reduced Lunch
19.7%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$89,906
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.8%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$12,395/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    64%
  • Support Services
    34%
  • Other
    2%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$107,172
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,970
National
$949
Median Home Value
$770,100
National
$184,700

Carlsbad Unified School District Reviews

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I feel extremely fortunate to attend school within the Carslbad Unified School . During this highly irregular time in our lives, our district has continuously reached out to students and their families. They are tirelessly trying to improve and fight for their students well being.

As a 2020 senior, most of what should be the most memorable time of my life has been cut short. While other school districts have officially ended school and their activities, our district has not thrown in the towel at present. For that I am grateful, and still hopeful.

Thank you CUSD!
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Out of my 3 years going here, it was a blast! The teachers are amazing. I would give Carlsbad an A because not just that the teachers were great l, but everyone there cares about each other and it was almost as if it was a giant family.
The bathrooms are dirty and rarely function-- not toilet paper/paper towels/ soap/locks on the stall doors. The teachers and programs are great! They are always ready to help students and provide ample opportunities for students to get involved on campus.